Nikolaj Ehlers (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers and Devils winger Bobby Farnham have been fined $2,000 for diving. Ehlers was hit with a fine after embellishing a hook against the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 29, and Farnham was fined for a called dive against the Ottawa Senators Dec. 30.
Winnipeg Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers and New Jersey Devils winger Bobby Farnham are going to find their paychecks a little lighter as the NHL announced Thursday that both players have been hit with $2,000 fines for embellishment.
Both Ehlers and Farnham were handed the fines because it was their second instance of diving that has been flagged by the NHL’s hockey operations department.
The play that triggered the fine for Ehlers came in a Dec. 29 game against the Detroit Red Wings in Winnipeg. With the Jets attempting to cycle the puck in the Red Wings’ zone, Ehlers cut through the middle of the ice and was given the slightest bit of stick contact by Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Feeling the contact, Ehlers tumbled to the ice as Jets fans in the building hollered for a penalty:
Neither Ehlers nor Kronwall were whistled on the play, but the NHL was watching closely and deemed Ehlers’ fall to the ice worthy of the fine.
Prior to Ehlers’ dive against the Red Wings, he had been flagged after attempting to draw a call during a Nov. 21 outing against the Arizona Coyotes. Late in the first period, Ehlers got tied up with Coyotes rookie Anthony Duclair and fell to the ice. Both Duclair and Ehlers were called on the play, with Duclair taking a minor for hooking and Ehlers heading to the box for embellishment.
As for Farnham, his diving fine comes as the result of a rare play in which the only infraction called was the dive. In a Dec. 30 game against the Ottawa Senators, Farnham dodged a check from Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and went to the ice clutching his legs and mid-section. The replay showed Karlsson made only slight contact with Farnham, and he was sent to the box for embellishment:
Farnham was first flagged for an incident Nov. 22 against the Vancouver Canucks. It’s unclear, however, where exactly Farnham’s dive was in the game. In the first frame, he drew an interference penalty after a hit by Derek Dorsett and there was also an instance in the second period which Farnham went down after a shove during a net-front scramble.
As with all players fined for diving, Ehlers and Farnham will be fined an additional $1,000 for each instance of embellishment up to a maximum of $5,000. In addition, Jets coach Paul Maurice and Devils coach John Hynes will incur $2,000 fines if there are four finable instances of diving, and the fines for the coaches will increase by $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000.